CWiPP Working Paper Series

Evidence, policy and wellbeing

Ian Bache

Abstract

Wellbeing is increasingly important in politics and policy across a range of contexts and not least in the UK. In October 2014 the UK government announced that funding would be provided for the creation of an independent What Works Centre for Wellbeing that aims to develop a ‘strong and credible evidence base’ to help promote wellbeing in policy. In this context, this paper reviews both academic and practitioner-focused contributions on the evidence-policy relationship and presents initial findings on some of the challenges of bringing wellbeing more squarely into policy.